Coe meets with Russian athletics chief to discuss doping ban

first_imgMOSCOW (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has met with the new head of the Russian athletics federation, which was banned from world track and field in November over doping. The Russian Federation said yesterday that Coe and Dmitry Shlyakhtin met on Friday in Monaco and discussed “Russian athletics and the way to lead it out of the crisis”. “I was pleased to meet with the new president of Russian athletics,” Coe said in comments provided by the International Association of Athletics Federations. “We held a wide-ranging conversation, including, of course, the current position that Russia finds itself in.” An IAAF task force monitoring Russia’s compliance with reform demands is due to visit Russia today and tomorrow. Coe said he thanked (Shlyakhtin) “for his cooperation” with the task force. According to the Russian Federation, Shlyakhtin briefed Coe on Friday about reforms in Russian track and field, saying that they are “an issue that can’t be solved in one day and which requires systematic and painstaking work”. Shlyakhtin, a former coach and regional politician, was elected last month. Russia’s head coach, Yuri Borzakovsky, said he was “sure” that the ban would be lifted in time for the Olympics in August. Russian athletes “are in a cage now, and when they get out, they’ll rip everyone apart”, he added. Russia was suspended from competition, including the Olympics, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused it of operating a systematic and state-sponsored programme of drug use by star athletes.last_img read more

Guyoil raises kerosene prices

first_imgSome three months after reducing the prices for fuel across the country, consumers who purchase kerosene oil began paying extra on the price for the crude oil product, as the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) announced an increase on the commodity.The company announced on Thursday that beginning Friday, consumers across the country would be required to pay an extra $5 for kerosene at service stations.The oil company said the adjustment will see the price being moved from $90 per litre to $95 per litre at service stations in Georgetown, from $91 to $96 per litre in Berbice and $92 per litre to $97 per litre in Essequibo.The company said despite its efforts to keep the price for the “important commodity as affordable as possible”, the adjustment had become necessary due to an increase in acquisition cost at source.It said however, that despite the minor adjustment, the price for kerosene is by far much lower than the competition across the Caribbean Region.In February, the company had announced that the prices of several categories of fuel, including kerosene, were reduced.The announcement was made official by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in the National Assembly.last_img read more

GDF rank killed in Sheriff Street hit and run accident

first_imgA Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank attached to the Band Corp was early Saturday morning killed in a hit and run accident along Sheriff Street, Georgetown.Dead: Lashana MooreLashana Moore, 22, of Lot 917 Providence, East Bank Demerara, was reportedly struck by two cars at about 05:30h as she attempted to cross Sheriff Street in the vicinity of Campbellville Secondary School.After receiving the first hit, the woman was toss several feet in the air and landed on the roadway and was again hit by another moving vehicle that was passing at the same time. Both cars drove off the scene but one was subsequently found abandoned at Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown without the driver.The woman who has a seven-month-old child died on the spot but was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival. From reports received, the woman left Camp Ayanganna after receiving a telephone call.At the home of the dead woman on Saturday morning, her weeping mother, Denise Moore explained that she received a telephone call from one of her daughter’s friends who informed her of the accident. She hurriedly rushed to the scene where she saw her daughter’s motionless body lying on the roadway.She recalled that her daughter’s head was bloodied and it sustained a puncture. She later learnt that her daughter had exited a taxi and was about to cross the road when she was struck by two vehicles. One of the drivers, she noted, was arrested while the other escaped.The woman further recalled that her daughter had telephoned her on Friday informing her that she will collect her daughter to braid her hair. “She does normally stay at Camp Ayanganna and come out on weekends and collect her daughter to take her for outings,” the distraught mother cried.She noted that her grandchild stays with her great grandmother in Grove, East Bank Demerara. After the accident, she claimed that she was made to understand that her daughter received a telephone call and left without informing anyone about her whereabouts.“It could be that she was getting a drop to collect her daughter and then head home… we don’t know but she was a very loving child”.Moore joined the Guyana Defence Force four years ago and would have been part of the Band Corp. Her grandmother who was also at the house and seemingly in shock told Guyana Times that she would have received the unfortunate news at about 06:30h on Saturday morning. She iterated that the young woman has left a young baby who will now grow not knowing her mother.She said that she took care of the child so that Moore could be a part of the military. The devastated elderly woman recalled that her now dead granddaughter was a loving individual who was always jovial. She also loved to party, the aggrieved grandmother stated.The woman’s body is at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination. She leaves to mourn her mother, daughter and three siblings. The Police have since confirmed that they have arrested one man in connection with the incident as investigations continue.last_img read more

President Granger eager to meet with Opposition Leader

first_imgNo-confidence vote…agrees to setting early electionsFollowing the historic no-confidence vote against his Government on Friday, President David Granger has said he is eager to meet with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.The President on Saturday in a statement issued by the Ministry of the Presidency said he is anxious to engage Jagdeo on any concerns he may have. He also provided assurances that there will be no confrontations.“Mr Jagdeo contacted the Minister of State (Joseph Harmon) and a meeting will be arranged as early as possible so that his concerns can be addressed,” Granger explained in the statement.President David GrangerThe President’s expression of eagerness to meet with the Opposition Leader came hours after Jagdeo on Friday evening said the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is ready and willing to work with the coalition Government to determine the way forward.He was at the time delivering his final address to the National Assembly before adjournment ahead of the holidays.The Opposition Leader, who is also the General Secretary of the PPP, noted that while the preceding events were unprecedented, it is pushing democracy forward.“We on both sides of the House, we have to now sit and talk about how we move forward over the course of the next few months and over the course of the future. I’m doing that on this side… and I’m very conscious of what I mean and what implications it would have for the future of Guyana,” he posited.The Opposition Leader acknowledged that both sides have constituencies and as such, “we have to find a way now to ensure that we maximise all of the national skills and look past the politics of it so that we can, in the upcoming era, which can be transformative, we can present a united face to the rest of the world. And this, although it may seem an unprecedented and maybe disappointing for the members of the Government side, it’s also an opportunity – and I would hope we all see it as an opportunity – for engagement very, very early on both sides and decide on how we [move forward].”Early electionsMeanwhile, in the statement on Saturday, Granger also committed that the coalition Government will abide with what the Constitution says, which would include facilitating early elections.Granger also disclosed that he met with some of his Ministers on Saturday who will engage the Alliance For Change (AFC) Ministers. This is significant, as Charandass Persaud, the Member of Parliament who voted against the Government, hails from the AFC.“We will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections, bearing in mind the need for normal governmental functions to continue uninterrupted,” Granger was quoted saying.“This is a constitutional process which can have favourable outcomes for the nation… There is no cause for alarm and there are no grounds for any form of disorder and we will continue to work to provide a good Government and deliver public services to the people and to work even more closely with the Opposition,” the President added.On Friday evening, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition PPP/C against the Government succeeded when Persaud broke ranks and made a conscious vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 MPs had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.The vote was a drama filled one, as Persaud’s colleagues immediately rounded on him to demand answers and even to tell him to change his vote. This had caused the Opposition to verbally complain to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland about the interference.The tension in the chambers only increased when Scotland asked for the Government side to revote. However, Persaud made it clear he would not change his mind when he repeated his “yes” thrice, even though the remaining Government MPs voted against the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”last_img read more

Celebrate April Fools Day at Albert’s Loft for Sweetwater 905 Festival

first_imgThe impact the festival has had on the small community includes increased local spending, showcasing local talent and wares.“It is an opportunity for local businesses to increase their sales and expand their customer base and to highlight the creative energies that are typically undersold  in the Peace Country,” Haughian stated.Tickets are $20 for the April Fools Day event, and doors open at 7 p.m. ROLLA, B.C. — Ahead of the Sweetwater 905 Festival later this year, people of the Peace Region are invited to come celebrate April Fools Day in Albert’s Loft, at the site of the festival.Next Friday, the Sweetwater Ramblers and Sean Cullen will open for Folky Strum Strum. And, the winner of the Wacky Hat Contest will win a ticket to the Sweetwater music festival in June.The festival, which got its namesake from being held at the Mattson farm at 905 Sweetwater Road, started as a way to showcase the local talent in Rolla and invite other artists to perform and show their art.- Advertisement -According to spokesperson Fran Haughian, the goal of the festival is still the same these many years later.Outside of fundraisers, sponsors and volunteers keep the festival going. They have seen excellent sponsorship in the past, and the North Peace Grant writer program has assisted in submitting grant proposals for the last two years.”“There were 85 and we expect them all to come back,”  spokesperson Fran Haughian wrote in an email.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wenger sets a goal target for Lacazette

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s striker Alexandre Lacazette controls the ball on July 29, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged Alexandre Lacazette to get a similar tally to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his first Premier League season.With the Gunners set to kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester City today (Friday), Wenger is confident his new recruit will be a good fit. “With Lacazette it is simple,” Wenger said. “He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique. After that we get the efficiency.”The efficiency in question is 28 goals from 30 appearances in his final season with Lyon, although Wenger admits that target might not be realistic in the Premier League.“His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes,” Wenger said. “If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.“Goalscoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure.“But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that’s the target Lacazette should set.”The Swedish striker scored 17 in 28 Premier League appearances for Manchester United, having scored 38 from 31 Ligue 1 appearances the previous season with Paris Saint-Germain.Last season Alexis Sanchez scored 24 league goals, or one every 134 minutes. Olivier Giroud scored 12, at a rate of one every 100 minutes, followed by Walcott who scored 10 at a rate of 193 minutes per strike.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I thought Gor would drop me, admits Karim

first_imgHe ended up undergoing surgery and he was not able to actively involve himself in football up to August this year when he returned to training with the 17-time Kenyan Premier League champions.“Were it in another team, I think I would have been dropped in mid-season. I thought at some point Gor would drop me because I was not going to play much because of the injury. But, the chairman was very supportive and even when I wanted to hurry myself back in, he told me not to do so but recover at good pace,” the Burundian told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia defender Karim Nizigiyimana turns away from Mathare United’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangu during a Kenyan premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I was receiving my salary every month and in time and the coach also supported me so much and always offered words of encouragement. The players were very supportive too and I felt a lot of love. To some extent, that helped me recover,” added Nizigiyimana.He joined Gor Mahia at the start of the 2015 season and his brilliance as a marauding right full-back saw him win love among the Gor faithful in his debut season, racking up the highest number of assists in the entire league.However, injury slowed him down last season but he managed to return just in time to see Gor’s season out, playing in the last two months of the campaign.“It felt so good coming back. It was such a trying period for me because as a player, I always want to be on the pitch playing. But now, I am so relieved. I have worked hard to get back into match fitness and I thank the coach for giving me some matches to get back on top,” he further added.Nizigiyimana played in some defining matches including the second leg Mashemeji Derby against arch rivals AFC leopards where they won 2-0 to confirm themselves as KPL champions.Gor Mahia defender Karim Nizigiyimana attempts to go past Ulinzi Stars’ Geoffrey Kokoyo in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on July 2, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyThis was Nizigiyimana’s third league title in his four years at Gor.“It feels great for a player to come back and help the team win something. Though I came late, I thank my colleagues for ensuring the job was done early and winning my third title is so great. Gor Mahia is like home for me and I want to win more,” he further acknowledged.-National Team-Apart from playing a role for Gor Mahia’s successful season, the defender also returned to national team duty where he captained his side Burundi against Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier, leading established teammates like Stoke City star Saido Berahino.Burundi played to a 1-1 draw with the hosts Gabon with Berahino putting the Eastern Africans in the lead on his debut for the Swallows before Aubameyang equalized late on.“It’s such an honor when you come back and then the coach hands you the armband for such a huge match. Playing against Aubameyang was something great and hopefully as Burundi, we can fight to qualify for the AFCON. That will be a good way to end my year,” an ecstatic Nizigiyimana exclaimed.Karim Nizigiyimana poses with Burundian teammate Francis Mustafa after Gor Mahia were officially crowned champions of the Kenyan premier League on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu-Plans for 2019-His plan for the next season which begins on December 8 is majorly to help Gor defend their league title and also do well in the CAF Champions League with eyes set on the group stage.He didn’t play a big role in Gor’s Confederations Cup journey that saw them reach the group stages for the first time ever, but he now wants to help the team do even better in the bigger stage, the Champions League.“We have proved that we are the best team in Kenya and by extension East Africa. Now we have to translate that to continental football and next season, we have to make it to the group stages of the Champions League. We have the ability because we have such a good team,” he further added.Gor finish their season against 2016 champions Tusker FC in Thika on Sunday and their next big focus now is the historic friendly match against English Premier League side Everton FC at their Goodison Park home-ground in Liverpool.Nizigiyimana hopes to play a role in the friendly match having been one of the Gor players that starred when the two sides clashed last year at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. He picked praise from ex-Toffees coach Ronald Koeman, currently the boss of the Dutch national team.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fullback Karim Nizigiyimana passes the ball during a training session at teh Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – Gor Mahia right-back Karim Nizigiyimana has opened up about the struggles and hard times he faced during his long injury absence and has admitted that at some point he thought K’Ogalo would drop him when he took long to recover.Nizgiyimana picked up an ankle injury in October 2017 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium, barely two minutes into the side’s 1-0 loss to the then relegation threatened Mathare United.last_img read more

Man City to beat Real Madrid and seal Pellegrini v Guardiola final? – Coral DD

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-finals, as Manchester City take on Real Madrid in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.The Blues are 15/8 to win at home and take a lead into the return leg, with Real 7/5 favourites and the draw at 12/5.Could Manuel Pellegrini face his replacement Pep Guardiola and his Bayern Munich side in the final? City are 2/1 to get past Real to the San Siro, with the La Liga giants 11/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

3rd quarter foreclosures hit record high

first_imgDoug Duncan, the association’s chief economist, said that foreclosures and late payments are likely to stay high or get worse in the coming quarters. The mortgage meltdown has hit financial companies with billions of dollars in losses from bad subprime mortgage investments. Some lenders have been forced out of businesses. The situation has elevated the odds of the country falling into a recession. It has roiled Wall Street and has offered lots of fodder for Democrats and Republicans to blame each other for the mess. Against this backdrop, the Federal Reserve next week is expected to slice a key interest rate for a third time this year to bolster the economy. Duncan said there were a host of factors to blame for the rise of foreclosures and late payments in the third quarter: broad-based declines in home values; the resetting of adjustable-rate mortgages to higher rates; the drying up of credit for subprime and “jumbo” mortgages, those exceeding $417,000; and economic weakness in some parts of the country. California and Florida – the two largest states in terms of outstanding mortgages – were key drivers in the increase in the national foreclosure rates, the association said. The two states together accounted for 33.7 percent of the subprime adjustable-rate loans that entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter. The two states combined also accounted for 42.4 percent of creditworthy “prime” adjustable-rate mortgages that started the foreclosure process.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Home foreclosures shot up to an all-time high in the third quarter, fresh evidence of the problems afflicting distressed homeowners amid the housing meltdown. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its quarterly snapshot of the mortgage market released Thursday said that the percentage of all mortgages nationwide that started the foreclosure process jumped to a record high of 0.78 percent during the July-to-September period. That surpassed the previous high of 0.65 percent set in the prior quarter. More homeowners also fell behind on their monthly payments. The delinquency rate for all mortgages climbed to 5.59 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 5.12 percent in the second quarter and was the highest since 1986, the association said. Payments are considered delinquent if they are 30 or more days past due. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHomeowners with spotty credit who have subprime adjustable-rate loans were especially hard hit. Foreclosures and late payments for these borrowers also reached all-time highs in the third quarter. The percentage of subprime adjustable-rate mortgages that entered the foreclosure process soared to a record of 4.72 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 3.84 percent in the second quarter. Late payments jumped to a record high of 18.81 in the third quarter, up from 16.95 percent in the second quarter. The association’s survey covers more than 45million home loans nationwide. Homeowners with spotty credit histories or low incomes who took out higher-risk subprime adjustable-rate mortgages have suffered the most distress as the housing market went from boom to bust. Initially, low interest rates that reset to much higher rates have clobbered these borrowers. Analysts estimate that nearly 2 million adjustable-rate subprime mortgages will reset to higher rates this year and next. last_img read more

Ethics facade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Freelance lobbyists, who get hired to represent all sorts of interests, must register in City Hall and disclose their affiliations. But the full-time lobbyists who work for any number of businesses, unions and advocacy groups are allowed to fly under the radar. Never mind that both are ultimately doing the same thing – earning their living influencing public policy. They’re different in the eyes of the city’s highly flawed ethics law, which regulates “lobbyists” in name only. It doesn’t have to be this way. In Sacramento, for example, in-house lobbyists are subject to the same scrutiny as freelancers. But in City Hall, there seems to be little interest in changing the law that lets the good many, if not most, influence peddlers operate unimpeded. Thomas Saenz, counsel to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, says that the city’s policy is rooted in the U.S. Constitution. “Every individual has a First Amendment right, and they don’t give that up by virtue of (serving) on a citizen’s commission.” But requiring lobbyists – be it the freelance or the in-house kind – to identify themselves as such is no violation of anyone’s free-speech rights. They can speak all they want, but we the public deserve to know who’s trying to influence our leaders, and how, so that we can bring that information to the voting both. The setting: The lobby of a Los Angeles City Council member’s office. Two influence peddlers are waiting – campaign donations and Laker tickets in hand – to bend the ear of one of L.A.’s lawmakers. Both are well-connected schmoozers paid to ply and manipulate our elected officials. But there’s a key difference: One is subject to strict city ethics and disclosure laws. The other isn’t. Or, to put it another way, we, the public, know what one of these influence-peddlers is up to – what he or she is selling and how it’s being sold. As for the other, we have no clue. The first influence-peddler is barred from serving on city commissions; the second is not. It’s a loophole so large as to render city ethics laws little more than an impotent joke – which, of course, was exactly the intent of city officials in enacting such flimsy protections in the first place. That kind of transparency – reported on a weekly basis – is the only way to bring any kind of integrity or honesty to city government. The public, which ultimately pays the bills, has a right to know about all special interests influencing the decisions in City Hall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more